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A church by any other name

A church by any other name
Some people say church is out of date. Numbers of people in church are declining, and so many think it’s because the baggage of traditional ideas of “what church is” are a large part of the reason why. Those old-school notions of church (and I guess, of religion) are supported by repeated media reporting of negativity and failing, and of people’s fear of cults, sects and …... 
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Helping teens grieve, and how to understand your own grief too

Helping teens grieve, and how to understand your own grief too
Navigating your own personal challenges of grief is hard enough, but when your teenager is faced with it, you might feel more lost than you could imagine. No matter how long you’ve been a parent, this is never going to be a course taken easily. People all respond to grief differently. And if you’re grieving too, it’s even tougher. This week my family is trying to navigate this ourselves,... 

The easiest and most impressive cake you’ll ever make

The easiest and most impressive cake you'll ever make
Over the last year I have taken all four of the Wilton cake decorating courses. I love to make sugar flowers, make cupcakes and cakepops – all the stuff that make people happy and fat. It’s my release; my creative outlet. My pal Shari posted a picture on my Facebook wall this week of a cake with M&Ms all over it, inviting me to make it. (She knows I’m addicted to M&Ms –... 
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The one where the PR asked “What bra size are you?” and gave me wine

The one where the PR asked
Most of us have been fitted for a bra at one time or another. And let’s face it, most of us have been a little traumatised by the experience. When you’re a teen in bloom you get some spinsterish nightmare who seems to think a 16th century slingshot is an appropriate first bra, but then when you get older and gravity, children and life laughingly makes your boobs relocate to the region of your body... 
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Mediamum’s Cake Pops tutorial, with troubleshooting!

Mediamum's Cake Pops tutorial, with troubleshooting!
Cake Pops are one of the most popular things to come from my kitchen. I really enjoy making them, and while they can take a little time, the results are absolutely worth it. They last longer than normal cakes, due to the candy coating, and you can individually wrap them, making them portable and less of an issue for groups to distribute (bake sales, birthdays, etc). Here’s how: 1. Make a cake... 

The Cat’s Pajamas – Boulder’s Bear Creek Elementary educates the entire person

The Cat's Pajamas - Boulder's Bear Creek Elementary educates the entire person
My youngest, Charlie, is 11 years old, (going on 42). He’s the youngest of four children, with attitude, experience and confidence that far exceed his years. After all, the child remembers life in not only two schools, but two countries. When he counts his money (as most kids do), he has to separate the currencies first, and it’s not only two. (We’ve had to renew our US visas in Canada,... 

The challenge of healthier living – one year later

The challenge of healthier living - one year later
It’s been a full year since I decided to stop talking about getting healthier and actually began doing something realistic about it on a daily basis instead of wishing, being angry, saying I didn’t care, being upset, and nearly killing myself every weekend on a one-off hike. I finally worked it out for real. I owed it to nobody other than myself to stop the cycle of self-bashing. Only then... 

Don’t turn off geolocation. It could save your life.

Don't turn off geolocation. It could save your life.
I’m seeing lots of posts from people waving the privacy fear flag, warning mothers (and women generally) that they might get killed because of the geolocation tag on their phone. “Murderers can find you!” “Your kids will be kidnapped!” “That stalker guy will shoot you dead!” The story goes something like: ‘Did you know that every post you make to social... 

A beautiful passing

A beautiful passing
As you know, my mum has been hard hit by cancer and its treatments over the last three years. My family and I currently grieve her loss, as she passed away on Friday 10 February, and we celebrated her life on Friday 17th with a beautiful Thanksgiving Service which mum herself designed. There will no doubt be numerous posts over coming months. But I know she would not mind me sharing her final passing... 

How much should parents ‘help’ kids with assignments?

How much should parents 'help' kids with assignments?
We’ve just finished dealing with the school Science Fair assignment. The directions were handed out just prior to Winter break, coinciding beautifully with the end of semester for me, and my extended stay in Sydney for family reasons. I got back the day after school started to a child with the project begun only in my child’s head. No materials, no nothing. This, my friends, is payback. I... 

Introducing Ian Fixit – Australia’s DIY answer to Tim the Toolman

Introducing Ian Fixit - Australia's DIY answer to Tim the Toolman
Some people just have a knack at DIY. Some don’t. And some think they’ll give it a bash even though they’ve never actually successfully accomplished any DIY project before. That’s where our new Mediamum contributor, Ian Fixit, comes in. Ian is the Aussie King of DYI (do yourself in) – his special version of DIY. Ian’s DIY experience is full of great how-to lessons... 

Diversity means I can wish you tidings of comfort and joy

Diversity means I can wish you tidings of comfort and joy
The Daily Telegraph’s poll yesterday announced that over 70% of people will not attend any religious service this Christmas. I am surprised by this. In years gone by, even the most non-believing people would line the aisles in churches at Christmas – it was what you did, as much a part of the traditions of Christmas as roast turkey and family. Today it seems, not so much. In Colorado it... 
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